More Grace for those Walking Humbly with God

Sermon from James 4:5-10 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 24, 2016

If you had to summarize the Christian life, what would you say it’s all about? Perhaps you’re not a Christian, and you’ve come seeking to answer that very question, “What’s the Christian life all about?” Over the centuries, the church has used a phrase that sums up the Christian life rather well. It’s a Latin phrase—perhaps you’ve heard of it—coram Deo. It means “in the presence of God,” or “before the face of God.” Continue reading

The Heart of Conflict & The Hope of Grace

Sermon from James 4:1-6 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 10, 1017

We look today at the heart of conflict and the hope of God’s grace. Let’s read verses 1-6 and then pray together. Continue reading

Who Is Wise & Understanding?

Sermon from James 3:13-18 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 3, 2016

Who is wise and understanding? That’s the question of the day. And James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, will give us God’s answer to that question. Let’s read it together beginning in verse 13 and pray. Continue reading

Taming the Tongue Requires a New Heart

Sermon on James 3:1-12 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 26, 2016

James 3, verses 1-12 today. It’s the longest discussion in the New Testament on the use of our tongue. Let’s read it together… Continue reading

Faith Without Works Is Dead (Part 2)

Sermon from James 2:18-26 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 12, 2016

We’re covering a section that has challenged the church over the centuries, especially Reformed Protestants who rightly confess that justification is by faith alone apart from works. That’s nearly a quote from Romans 3:28, “We hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” And yet—at least at first glance—James seems to be asserting something different. He says in verse 24 that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. So the famous question becomes, “Is James contradicting what Paul says in Romans 3:28, that we cannot be justified by works?” Continue reading

Faith Without Works Is Dead (Part 1)

Sermon from James 2:14-17 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 5, 2016

Our Actions Must Match Our Words

Sometimes I listen to the news while driving. On Wednesday these two guys were discussing the recent scandal at Baylor University. There’s still much investigation that must happen to determine the innocent and the guilty, but it looks like another case where leadership didn’t abide by school policy in reporting sexual assault. But the news report ended this way. You had two news reporters who aren’t Christians. And they both noticed that the leadership often said in past interviews how much Christian values mattered to them. Then one of guys says this: “If you’re going to say that Christian values matters, then your actions better match your words.” Continue reading

Faith in Christ Excludes Favoritism

Sermon from James 2:1-13 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on May 29, 2016

Thank you, Aaron Hicks, for preaching last Sunday. What a great reminder that our posture in life must be that of sitting before the King’s word and receiving from his extravagant love in the gospel before we go about our works. What Aaron shared last week really has everything to do with where James will take us this morning. Because when we truly grasp God’s glory and mercy in Jesus Christ, it will transform the way we view and treat other people. Continue reading